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Charges Dropped Against Remaining Officers In Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore Police

After four straight losses, prosecutors in Baltimore are throwing in the towel in the Freddie Gray case.

Judge Orders John W. Hinckley Jr. Freed

Reagan Assassination Attempt

Thirty five years after trying to kill President Reagan, John W. Hinckley Jr. is close to being a free man.

Federal Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

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A big setback for one of the most restrictive Voter ID Laws in the country.

Trial Of Fourth Baltimore Police Officer In Freddie Gray Case Ends In Acquittal

Baltimore Police

Another acquittal in Baltimore leads to questions about whether or not prosecutors should continue with the trials against the officers involved in the Freddie Gray matter.

Three Police Officers Killed, Multiple Others Injured, In Baton Rouge

Another targeted killing aimed at police.

Tom Brady Abandons ‘Deflategate’ Appeals, Will Serve Suspension Beginning In September

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New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has abandoned his option to appeal the ‘Deflategate’ ruling to the Supreme Court and will serve his four game suspension beginning in September.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Regrets Anti-Trump Comments

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Justice Ginsburg walks back her comments about the presumptive Republican nominee.

Tom Brady, N.F.L.P.A. Lose Petition For Full Second Circuit Review

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Tom Brady and the N.F.L. Player’s Association suffered another legal setback in their appeal of the ‘Deflategate’ suspension.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Attacks Donald Trump, Raising Judicial Ethics Questions

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Justice Ginsburg made some recent comments about the election that have, to say the least, raised some eyebrows.

Police Killing People with Drones

HUTCHINS, TX - JUNE 13: Dallas Police use a robot to gain access to an armoured van, which authorities believed was rigged with explosives, and was driven by a suspect who attacked Dallas Police Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, June 13, 2015. A lone shooter in an armored van, believed to be rigged with explosives, opened fire on the Dallas Police Headquarters early Saturday morning. The shooter reportedly unleashed multiple rounds and planted explosive devices around the station before leading police on a chase that ended in a standoff in the parking lot of a fast food resturant. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

The Dallas shooting spree ended with police killing the perpetrator with a drone. I’m okay with that.

Eleven Dallas Police Officers Shot, Five Dead, In Ambush At Protest

Dallas Police

A horrific night in Dallas.

Two Shootings, 1,000 Miles And 2 Days Apart, Bring Police Misconduct Back Into The Spotlight

Two cases quite a distance from each other, but in both police seem to be acting with a ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ attitude, especially when it comes to African-American men.

Homicide Rate At 51 Year Low

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If you listened to politicians or the media, you wouldn’t know that homicide rates are at a level unseen since 1963.

Former Fox News Host Gretchen Carlson Accuses Roger Ailes Of Harassment In Lurid Detail

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If the allegations of a new lawsuit are true, things are truly lurid behind the scenes at Fox News Channel.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Law Granting Special Protections To Same-Sex Marriage Opponents

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Mississippi tried to provide special protection to opponents of same-sex marriage and transgender rights. A Federal District Court Judge, properly, finds the law to be unconstitutional.

Hillary Clinton Interviewed By F.B.I. Regarding Private Server Investigation

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In a sign that the ongoing F.B.I. investigation into her use of a private email server and handling of classified information is coming to an end, the former Secretary of State was interviewed by Federal Agents today.

Attorney General Will Defer To F.B.I. In Investigation Of Hillary Clinton’s Email

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch will essentially recuse herself from making a decision about indictments in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

From the “You Can’t Make this Stuff up File”

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Via AL.com: Man wearing skeleton costume, 2 others steal erectile dysfunction drugs from Alabama pharmacy.

SCOTUS Declines To Hear Appeal Of Pharmacists With Religious Objection To ‘Morning After’ Pill

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The Supreme Court won’t hear the appeal of a pharmacist who objects to providing the ‘morning after’ pill.

The Fourth Amendment Was Meant To Protect All Of Us, Not Just The “Innocent”

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When it comes to the protections of the Fourth Amendment, it doesn’t matter if you’re “guilty” or “innocent,” it protects all of us.

The Beginning Of The End Of The ‘Conservative’ Supreme Court

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Depending on the outcome of the election, the Supreme Court’s just concluded term will most likely be remembered as the point at which the Court’s rightward tilt that began at the end of the Warren Court Era came to an end.

In McDonnell Decision, Supreme Court Places Important Limits On Prosecutors

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In overturning former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s conviction, the Supreme Court has sent a powerful message to overly zealous prosecutors.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court has handed down a major abortion rights ruling that reaffirms the central reasoning of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and makes it less likely that Roe will ever be overturned.

Supreme Court Unanimously Overturns Bob McDonnell Conviction

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The Supreme Court at its best and therefore its most frustrating.

Lyle Denniston Leaving SCOTUSBlog

Lyle Denniston

A true legend in legal journalism is moving on.

SCOTUS Rules DUI Blood Tests Require Search Warrant, But Breath Tests Do Not

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The Supreme Court balances the Fourth Amendment against public safety concerns and, for the most part, gets it right.

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Based College Admissions Program

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In a somewhat surprising opinion from Justice Kennedy, the Supreme Court upheld the University of Texas’s race-based admissions program.

Deadlocked Supreme Court Leaves Obama’s Immigration Relief Plan Blocked

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Thanks to a 4-4 tie, President Obama’s temporary immigration relief program remains blocked by a Federal Court Injunction.

Trial Of Freddie Gray Police Van Driver Ends In Acquittal

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The trial of the man who was believed to be the most culpable in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted, calling the entire prosecution strategy into question.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Stabs At The Heart Of The Fourth Amendment

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The Supreme Court has once again issued a ruling that further chips away at the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

What To Do About The ‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorist?

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Stopping the next Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Syed Farook, or Omar Mateen is likely to be a lot more difficult than the politicians on either side of the aisle are leading us to believe.

SCOTUS Declines To Review Case Challenging New York, Connecticut Gun Control Laws

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Continuing a pattern that began six years ago, the Supreme Court has again declined to hear an appeal in a case involving a challenge to state gun control laws.

Latest SCOTUS Rumor: Clarence Thomas Might Resign, Or Maybe Not

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Clarence Thomas is the latest Supreme Court Justice to be the subject of retirement rumors. You should treat these rumors skeptically.

Bernie Sanders Blames Guns for Orlando Nightclub Massacre

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“Common sense” measures and the worst shooting spree in American history.

Oscar Pistorius Gets Double Jeopardy

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Sprinter Oscar Pistorius served only one year in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Now, he’s facing fifteen years in prison after being convicted of murder in the same case.

50 Dead, 53 Injured In Attack On Orlando Nightclub

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An overnight shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida has left 20 people dead and at least 42 injured.

Court Of Appeals Rules 2nd Amendment Does Not Guarantee Right to Carry Concealed Weapons

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals deals a setback to the gun rights movement.

Federal Trial For Charleston Shooter Dylann Roof Set For November

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It won’t be a very good holiday season for Charleston Church shooter Dylann Roof.

No, Judge Curiel Has Not Demonstrated Bias Against Donald Trump In His Rulings

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Donald Trump has claimed that the Judge presiding over the Trump University lawsuits is biased against him, but there’s absolutely no evidence to support this argument.

On Donald Trump’s Contempt For The Rule Of Law And Freedom Of The Press

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Donald Trump’s open contempt for the Rule of Law and Freedom of the Press should disqualify him from being considered an acceptable candidate for President.

Federal Court Declines To Rehear Case Ruling In Favor Of Transgender High School Student

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The Fourth Circuit has declined to rehear a case in which a three judge panel sided with a transgender student seeking to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

Today in “Unclear on the Concept”

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The subject in question is prison with the persons who are unclear being the Bundys (via TPM):  Shocker: Bundy Bros Discover That Jail Inmates Have Fewer Freedoms Ryan Bundy wrote in the document that “my rights are being violated. My right to life is being violated. All of my First Amendment rights are being violated. […]

Texas, Ten Other States, File Suit Over Federal Transgender Discrimination Guidelines

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A group of states led by Texas has filed a suit in response to new guidelines from the Federal Government regarding the rights of transgender students.

Federal Prosecutors To Seek Death Penalty Against Dylann Roof For Charleston Shootings

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Following in the footsteps of state prosecutors, Federal prosecutors have announced they will seek the death penalty for Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.

Criminal Charges Against Bill Cosby Can Proceed To Trial, Pennsylvania Judge Rules

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A Pennsylvania Judge ruled today that there was sufficient evidence against Bill Cosby to allow the sexual assault charges against him to proceed to trial.

Second Freddie Gray Trial Ends In Acquittal Of Baltimore Cop

Baltimore Police

An acquittal in one of the six Freddie Gray cases, but not an unexpected one.

Tom Brady, N.F.L. Players Association To Seek Review Of Appeals Court Deflategate Decision

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Deflategate isn’t over yet and, depending on what happens in the Courts, could still be unresolved at the end of the N.F.L. season that begins in September.

Bowe Bergdahl Trial Delayed Until 2017, But Donald Trump Could Wreck The Entire Case

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl’s Court Martial has been delayed until 2017, which raises the possibility that comments by Donald Trump could result in Bergdahl getting off scot-free.

Supreme Court Punts On PPACA Birth Control Mandate

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Faced with the prospect of a 4-4 tie, the Supreme Court instead came up with a decision on the PPACA’s birth control mandate that didn’t decide anything.

Federal Government Advises, And Warns, Public Schools On Rights Of Transgender Students

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Begun, the bathroom wars have.

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